While it seemed like everyone with an internet connection was running or reading a live-blog of Apple's iPhone 5 announcement today, plenty of people took to Twitter to respond to what they were hearing.
Samsung was the first and most obvious Android supporter to crash the iPhone party. The company appeared to have purchased promoted Tweets to show up when people searched both the term "iPhone 5" and the hashtag "#iphone5."
— Samsung Mobile US (@SamsungMobileUS) September 11, 2012
Most interesting amid the global reaction was that of Android users, fans, or critics who prefer devices running Google's mobile operating system. Not surprisingly, many were defensive, discrediting Apple's next big smartphone without any distinct reason:
So guess I will spend tomorrow looking at iPhone 5 specs ....then order an android upgrade :P
— david berold (@DaveBerold) September 12, 2012
Excited to see what 2 year old Android technology and capabilities Apple crams into the iPhone 5
— Long Term Greed (@LongTermGreed) September 12, 2012
Apple is set to launch iPhone 5 next week. Nah, I'm happy & contented with my Android phone. :)
— Pao (@paolocelso) September 4, 2012
Yeah, I'm not convinced on iPhone 5. Android is sounding really convincing right now.
— Johnny Cullen (@JohnnyCullen) September 12, 2012
iPhone 5: Android, in a different skin.
— Mr. Damage (@damagedgears) September 12, 2012
Others were more specific, calling out Apple for announcing "innovation" and "breakthroughs" for features that have been found Android devices for years, ranging from the four-inch screen to its panorama camera to LTE support:
I was going to switch from Android to the new iPhone 5, but they are just copying Samsung's screen size and LTE support
— Sebastian Delmont (@sd) September 12, 2012
The new iPhone does turn-by-turning directions, copying Android from circa 2009
— Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) September 12, 2012
"But perhaps the most amazing new feature in the iPhone 5 is called panorama" Seriously? I've had this on my Android since ICS
— Nick Pierno (@nickpierno) September 12, 2012
Apple: "iPhone 5 has a 4" screen and LTE, it's amazing!" Android: "Cool story bro, welcome to January of 2011"
— Justin Kenney (@jtk27) September 12, 2012
"Amazing" new feature in the iPhone 5: panorama. Once again, Apple is late to the party. #Android
— Cody Welu (@CodyWelu) September 12, 2012
— Nick (@NWons) September 12, 2012
It wasn't all so contentious on Twitter though, because, well, it's Twitter. The race to be the first to make the best and most-rewteeted iPhone-5 joke was a heated one:
That iPhone 5 needs to eat a sandwich.
— Veronica Belmont (@Veronica) September 12, 2012
WAY TOO DEFENSIVE ABOUT NOT OWNING AN iPHONE
— Every Tweet Ever (@EveryTweet_Ever) September 12, 2012
Rumor has it that the new iPhone will finally make you happy!
— Ryan Petrich (@rpetrich) September 12, 2012
Why isn't anybody talking about how a search for "iPhone-5" on apple.com also brings up a Tyler Perry movie?
— Walt Mosspuppet (@mosspuppet) September 12, 2012
The old ladies doing yoga at the back door of the Apple event do not care about the iPhone 5. twitter.com/reckless/statu…
— nilay patel (@reckless) September 12, 2012
Hoping the iPhone 5 is just the same iPhone 4 but comes with a friend who helps you decide on text punctuation and lives in the closet
— Katie Heaney (@KTHeaney) September 12, 2012
The iPhone 5 looks like the iPhone 4 with a little more screen to shatter.
— Travis Ladue (@whatitladue) September 12, 2012
Have they gotten to the part where Clint Eastwood takes the stage, stands next to a chair and berates an imaginary iPhone 4S?
— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) September 12, 2012
I'm not getting an iPhone 5 until I get an iPhone 4 because I don't want to miss any of the plot.
— David Landry (@ElGhostoPigo) September 12, 2012
Today's endless Twitter timeline about iPhone 5 is geek revenge for football Sundays.
— Patrick Klepek (@patrickklepek) September 12, 2012
And what kind of blogger would I be if I didn't include some celebrity gossip? I'll refer to them as "people you may be familiar with," because I had to look some of them up myself, but some had their own comments, while one well-known event attendees' presence may have landed him in hot water:
Can't wait for the new iPhone 5.I've had this mint condition, perfectly good, antique iPhone 4 for over a year now. Embarrassing.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 12, 2012
Al Gore, absent from Charlotte DNC, reportedly in front row at Apple iPhone launch event.
— Michael Crowley (@CrowleyTIME) September 12, 2012
I don't even need to see it....just tell me where to pre-order. Ha! #iphone5
— Jordin Sparks (@JordinSparks) September 12, 2012
IMPORTANT: THE GRASS HERE AT YERBA BUENA IS GREEN. COULD THIS BE A HINT ABOUT THE IPHONE 5?
— Possibly Mat Honan (@mat) September 12, 2012
ANOTHER IPHONE FIVE PREDICTION: I WILL LOSE HALF MY FOLLOWERS BEFORE THE KEYNOTE ENDS
— Possibly Mat Honan (@mat) September 12, 2012
Any tech-savvy pirate would want an Apple iPhone 5... as long as it matched his iPatch.
— Cap'n Crunch (@RealCapnCrunch) September 12, 2012